By Olubukola Aiyedogbon, Ilorin.
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a 43-year-old Kwara civil servant, Lambe Binta, before the Federal High Court in Ilorin for allegedly giving false information.
Justice Muhammed Sani, however, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000, with one surety in like sum.
Sani said that the surety, who must be a civil servant, must deposit a photocopy of his or her identity card with the court.
The judge adjourned the case to Nov. 3 for commencement of trial.
Binta was arraigned on Sept. 12, on charges bordering on internet fraud and possession of fraudulent funds.
She allegedly received N25,000 from one Faloye Victor, who was arrested by the EFCC, for offences bordering on internet fraud and possession of fraudulent funds.
The charge against her reads:
“That you, Lambe Binta, sometime on 12th May, 2022, at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the judicial division of the Federal High Court did make false information to Olanrewaju Lamidi; an officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the course of the exercise of the duties of his office, declaration on the EFCC Criminal Form 25 (Recognizance) that you did not receive or pay anything for the bail of Faloye Oluwadamilola Victor either for yourself or on behalf of any other person, which to your knowledge is untrue in any material particular and thereby, committed an offence contrary to Section 39 (2) (a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 and punishable under Section 39 (2) (b) of the same Act”.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following her plea, counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, prayed the court to fix a date for trial to enable the prosecution to prove its case.
Counsel to the defendant, Abiola Usman, through an oral application, had asked the court to admit his client to bail, pending trial.